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Calligraphy among new classes added to SCC Community Education schedule

Calligraphy can be used in many different ways and for many different projects, including writing out common phrases in an artful way. (Photo by Jordan Willi)

This fall, eight new classes will be offered on the St. Croix Central Community Education schedule, including sign language, cheese making, soap making and beginning calligraphy taught by Joy Danielson.

“When I was a young girl, I was just mesmerized by the church hymnal because it was done in calligraphy,” Danielson said. “And somewhere along the way, someone gave me a pen and I have been doing [calligraphy] ever since.”

Danielson grew up and got her business degree from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and minored in design. She was able to take a calligraphy class to learn more about the art form.

“There was a teacher who taught calligraphy there and I took that class. But other than that, I am pretty much self taught,” said Danielson, who works as a meeting and wedding planner in Stillwater. “When you are learning calligraphy, you have to get the pen at the very least. The hardest part, I think, is learning how to hold it. Once you get the angle down right, that is the trick. Then it is a matter of practice.”

There are many books that have been published that can help a new artist in their pursuit of learning calligraphy all by themselves, but Danielson feels that taking a class has many benefits for beginners.

“One of the benefits of our economy is that we are looking more local for everything,” Danielson said. “There are more home vacations and even college courses are being offered for beekeeping and things that we can all do. I’ve had people contact me to do calligraphy parties and that is great because calligraphy makes everything you do so much more beautiful and adds quality to your life. These economic times have really helped us look at everything we do with different minds.”

Danielson will start teaching her students basic italics, which is the foundation for most other forms of calligraphy. Although there are too many forms of calligraphy to get through during the four-session class, Danielson hopes to give her students a fundamental understanding of the art before the end of the course.

“During each class period, we will work on different letters, because you build from one letter to the next,” Danielson said. “Everything is supplied, and it really is a lot of fun. I think people would really enjoy it. We all love sayings. You can go into any office and find that they have a favorite saying [on the wall] that is done in some form of calligraphy. It really touches every area of our life.”

All materials for the class will be supplied, which Danielson hopes will give people the courage to come to the class and find out why calligraphy can be so much fun. 

“It also is a passion that you have,” Danielson said. “I think it is something everybody would enjoy doing and even kids love to do it.”

The various classes start on different dates throughout September, October and November, with Danielson’s calligraphy class starting on Tuesday, Oct. 1, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the St. Croix Central Middle School art room. The class is every Tuesday night through Oct. 22 and costs $30 for adults and $15 for any child that accompanies an adult. 

For registration forms and to find out more information, start dates and times for any of the classes visit or contact Paulette Anderson at

Jordan Willi
Jordan Willi is a reporter for the New Richmond News. Previously, he worked as a sports reporter at the Worthington Daily Globe in Worthington, Minnesota. He also interned at the Hudson Star Observer for two summers and contributed to the Bison Illustrated sports magazine at North Dakota State University.
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